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Anthony Lee Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary

Anthony Lee sitting at a pianoThe University of Kansas School of Music is pleased to announce that Anthony Lee, DMA ’20, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Hungary in piano performance. Dr. Lee will engage in performance studies at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest as well as conduct research on the rich history of the Academy.

Dr. Lee is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.  Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

Some of Lee’s accomplishments include winning a grand prize at the 2018 Chicago International Music Competition, attaining a recording contract with A Life of Music Records, being a semi-finalist at the West Virginia International Piano Competition and the American Prize.

Lee was competing in local competitions and performing regularly by age 10. Lee made his orchestral debut at age 16, and at age 17 Lee attended the Interlochen Arts Academy. He went on to attend the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music. Lee studied with Steven Spooner while earning his doctor of musical arts at KU.

As an organizer, Lee founded the Cary Classical Concerts in January of 2017, was featured in many of the concerts, and resides as the artistic director. Lee not only performs solo and chamber music, but also speaks to the audience about various topics including his programming choices. Lee’s chamber music experience also includes his fellowship at the New Mexico Chamber Music Festival in Albuquerque. Recently, Lee was featured on the program, My Life in Music on WCPE, the classical radio station of North Carolina.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

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